50 students were reportedly expelled from Lupane State University’s students’ residence after they smuggled in stoves to prepare their own meals.
The students complained that the quality of the food served at the dining halls was substandard.
A student who spoke to CITE on condition of anonymity had this to say:
The problem started early this year when the DH shut down for almost a week because the food was too expensive and it was horrible.
People complained for quite some time yet there was still no change has been effectively done. So, the students decided to make their lives easier by bringing stoves to the hostel and making meals for themselves.
They decided to do a search and seize operation. Those who were found with stoves were made to write reports.
The dean of students instead of addressing the root cause of the problem has decided to expel the students from the hostels, they have already been served with letters informing them of the matter.
However, LSU director of marketing and communication Zwelithini Dlamini told CITE that
the University’s policy is that students are not allowed to bring in stoves into the school premises. He said:
Under any circumstances, students are not allowed to bring in stoves into the school premises because of power supply issues at the institution.
The only time we had such a problem with the students was early this year. As the administration, we worked on improving the menu for the students.
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Lupane State University is a government owned tertiary institution located in Lupane in the Matabeleland North Province of Zimbabwe. The University is the youngest of state universities in Zimbabwe and is run under the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. Read More About Lupane State University